You’re a federal worker who’s gotten hurt on the job, or you contracted an illness while you’re performing your duties. You’re scared and in pain. Maybe you can’t work, and you wonder how you’ll buy groceries and take care of your family.
The federal workers’ compensation program might provide the answer. Our government has designed it to give you continuing income and medical care when you, as a federal employee, suffer a work-related injury, but will it actually assist you at the time of your greatest need?
Unfortunately, many federal employees experience numerous problems and roadblocks when trying to navigate the overly-complicated workers’ compensation system. That’s why we’ve written this article and others on the site, to help you get the benefits you’ve worked so hard to earn. So let’s begin.
First, it deals with traumatic injury, meaning that while working, something hurt you or damaged your prosthetic device. The problem occurred on a single day or work shift. Traumatic injuries don’t involve chronic problems occurring over a long period, such as carpel tunnel syndrome.
Second, the workers’ comp program helps people who suffer from an occupational disease. That’s similar to a traumatic injury, but it occurs over a period of time longer than one day. Workers’ Comp might pay you for carpel tunnel and other repetitive stress injuries under this category. You use a different form for this type of problem than you employ when suffering a traumatic injury.
Third, the program protects against an infection that you contracted at work. Simple exposure a pathogen doesn’t count. Unfortunately, the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) won’t help unless you can show that the bug actually hurt you.
An example should clarify things. Let’s say you somehow stick yourself with a needle while injecting a patient. Unfortunately, you have no idea whether or not that person has a contagious disease such as tuberculosis. The workers comp program will not pay for diagnostic tests in that case. It will only compensate you for those examinations if you have evidence that the patient has an infectious disease.
The following section provides a brief overview of how you can demonstrate your need for federal workers compensation.
Before you can obtain your federal workers compensation benefits, you must prove the following to the OWCP.
If you want more information about this topic, consult our article entitled, “What You Must Prove to Win Your Federal Workers Compensation Claim.” Alternatively, you can consult this federal publication.
You now know what you must demonstrate to qualify for benefits, but what do you do if the OWCP still denies your claim?
Unhappily, the agency might reject your claim outright. Even if it initially approves your case, however, the OWCP may later reduce your payments or discontinue them completely.
Fortunately, you needn’t passively accept the OWCP’s adverse actions. You can appeal them. In fact, you may choose among three types of petitions.
If the OWCP has denied your claim, reduced your benefits or even discontinued them, your economic survival may depend on which type of appeal you choose. Let us help you make that selection. Call us for a friendly, no-cost, no-obligation consultation at …
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The OWCP may issue you many types of benefits. We’ll discuss three of them here.
Do you want more detail? Go to our article entitled, “How Much Will I Receive for My Workers Compensation Claim?”
This federal publication provides additional information as well, but why bother with that when we can answer your questions in plain, simple English, free and without obligation. Simply contact us at…
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